People of ND Get Huge Pro-Life Wins

The people of the State of North Dakota are demonstrating what happens when you put your boots on the ground and do what is right. Governor Jack Dalrymple signed three bills into law on Tuesday, making the state’s abortion laws the nation’s most restrictive. The governor says he believes this will set the stage to challenge the Supreme Court’s “boundaries of Roe v. Wade.”

Dalrymple provided a press release, in which he listed each of the pieces of legislation he had signed and what they intended to do:

I have signed HB 1305 which would ban abortions performed solely for the purpose of gender selection and genetic abnormalities.

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I have signed HB 1456 which would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade. Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed state restrictions on the performing of abortions and because the Supreme Court has never considered this precise restriction in HB 1456, the constitutionality of this measure is an open question. The Legislative Assembly before it adjourns should appropriate dollars for a litigation fund available to the Attorney General.

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I have signed SB 2305 which requires admitting and staff privileges at a nearby hospital for any physician who performs abortions in North Dakota. The added requirement that the hospital privileges must include allowing abortions to take place in their facility greatly increases the chances that this measure will face a court challenge. Nevertheless, it is a legitimate and new question for the courts regarding a precise restriction on doctors who perform abortions.

Understanding that there will more than likely be lawsuits to face, the governor called on the legislature to appropriate funds for the court battle, saying, “The Legislative Assembly before it adjourns should appropriate dollars for a litigation fund available to the Attorney General.” Dalrymple said the fetal heartbeat bill’s survival in a court challenge “remains in question” and that is the primary reason for requesting the legal fund.

USA Today reports,

Donna Crane of NARAL Pro-Choice America, says the organization is concerned about the number of state bills seeking to outlaw abortion. Arkansas legislators passed a 12-week ban this month. Legislators who support such bills “are completely out of touch,” she says.

Of the 425 state bills NARAL is tracking, 209 would limit abortions. In 23 states, Republican governors preside over legislatures where both chambers are controlled by the GOP.

State Senator Connie Triplett (D) voted against one of the bills and walked out in protest during the others claiming she is disappointed. She said the measures are not “reflective of the citizens of North Dakota.” I’d say Triplett is in for a rude awakening for what citizens believe in opposition to her child murdering mindset.

Senator Margaret Sitte (R) believes “the tide is turning” in support for ending abortion. I actually think public support was never in favor of abortion, but hey, this is good news.

However, this is not all. , both houses of the state legislature passed a personhood amendment that will be on the ballot in 2014.

Personhood USA reports:

Today (March 22, 2013) the North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35.

SCR 4009 states, “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”

Every major prolife organization in North Dakota has joined forces to defend and endorse SCR 4009, including North Dakota Family Alliance, North Dakota Right to Life, Concerned Women for America North Dakota, North Dakota Life League, North Dakota Catholic Conference, and Personhood North Dakota.

For the first time in United States history, a legislative body has approved a personhood amendment in both the House and the Senate. Now the amendment will be referred to the people of North Dakota for a vote.

“The North Dakota legislature has taken historic strides to protect every human being in the state, paving the way for human rights nationwide,” affirmed Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA. “This amendment strikes the balance of accomplishing more for the unborn than any other amendment the nation has ever seen, while protecting pregnant women and their right to true medical care. We applaud the North Dakota House and Senate for their willingness to protect all of the people in their state.”

Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood USA, continued: “The North Dakota personhood amendment takes the pro-life plank of the GOP platform and it into practice. Furthermore, it allows the legislature the needed flexibility to implement the specific protections of the right to life through future legislation.”

However, as pro-life, pro-women and pro-family advocates are celebrating this, the pro-death crowd has come out. Again, from Personhood USA:

Amidst multiple threats of lawsuits in North Dakota, new threats have emerged. According to “Stand up for Women ND”, a Facebook group created to oppose the new abortion legislation and personhood amendment in North Dakota, Governor Dalrymple is receiving death threats from pro-abortion activists after signing three anti-abortion laws passed by the North Dakota House and Senate. 

After posting several negative comments about Governor Dalrymple, Stand up for Women ND stated, “We have received word that Governor Dalrymple is receiving death threats.” The post went on to plead with supporters of the anti-life cause to cease the criminal threats, closing with “We want stoic, respectful solidarity or we will not be taken seriously.” At the time of this press release the page did not express any concern for the life and health of Governor Dalrymple.

The death threats against the North Dakota Governor and pro-life North Dakota legislators come on the heels of threats of lawsuits in the state. A Tuesday article from RH Reality Check began by stating, “If the idea of long and expensive legal battles was supposed to dissuade North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple from signing into law some of the country’s most restrictive abortion measures, it didn’t work.”

This looks like a tremendous stride forward for life, liberty, women and family in North Dakota. Thanks be to God for those who are standing fast for life.

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